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China launches classified satellites, tests landing nose cone with parachute

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China sent three Yaogan 30 series satellites into orbit and used the launch to test controlling the rocket’s falling nose cone with a parachute.

A Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 8:11 p.m. EDT July 18 (0019 GMT on July 19, or 8:19 a.m. local time), sending the 10th and final trio of Yaogan-30 satellites into orbit at an altitude of 370 miles (600 kilometers). 

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